The Fall TV Lineup: CBS Edition

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The Fall TV Lineup: CBS Edition

As a television junkie, my favorite time of year is when Game of Thrones comes out. Actually, that’s kind of true…or maybe The Walking Dead…or Shameless. Well, you get the point. Really though, it’s in the fall. I love autumn leaves and pumpkin and all that jazz. I also love checking out the new TV shows, because let’s face it, I only have about 300 or so on my Netflix queue waiting for me to watch and/or catch up on. I need more! So I made the painstaking trek through all of the new fall and midseason shows that would be coming out on ABC, CW, Fox, and NBC so you wouldn’t have to.

These are broken up by network and trailers are included if they were available. Once all of the shows have been listed, a network schedule is included so you know when to watch your favorite shows. And don’t forget to let me know what you’ll be watching!

Here is the best that CBS has to offer this coming fall. You can check the other networks at the links above or on the final page of this post!


Airs: Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS

Stars: Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Freddy Rodriguez (The Night Shift), Geneva Carr (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Chris Jackson (OZ), Jaime Lee Kirchner (The Mob Doctor), Annabelle Attanasio (The Knick)

Premise: Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the series follows the brilliant, brash, and charming founder of a successful trial consulting firm who uses his remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.s, and a crack team of experts to create strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.


My Thoughts: As someone that’s not a huge Dr. Phil fan, I went into this thinking that it would be an easy skip for me. Come to find out, it might just be one of the shows I am most excited about. It’s a legal-ish drama with a psychological twist. The first look definitely has me wanting more. The acting is solid and the show looks fun. And, if you’re not a Dr. Phil fan it doesn’t matter because you wouldn’t really know from the show that this has anything to do with him or the beginning of his career. I’m ready to watch Bull this fall, for sure.



Airs: Midseason

Stars: Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Steven Pasquale (Bloodline), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Dulé Hill (The West Wing), Dreama Walker (The Good Wife), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan), Kobi Libii (Madam Secretary)

Premise: In this new unconventional legal drama, a prestigious boutique law firm in New York is manned by a legal legend. Top talent flocks to the practice hoping to prove they are the best. One of the most brilliant lawyers ends up finding herself falling for a client – a pediatric surgeon that may or may not have committed a brutal murder.


My Thoughts: I am kinda mad that Dule Hill is in this, because I love him, but I hate this idea. I’m not a huge Heigl fan (is anyone, at this point?) and I think this is going to be as big of a flop as the last show she tried to lead and failed. I might watch the trailer when it’s finished, but I’m guessing that’s as far as I’ll go with this.

The Great Indoors

Airs: Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS

Stars: Joel McHale (Community), Stephen Fry (Bones), Chris Williams (Californication), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Pitch Perfect)

Premise: Joel McHale stars as a renowned adventure reporter who ends up with a desk job in the digital department of the magazine he works for. It’s time to adapt to the times (and technology) and to his new world. He doesn’t get online SEO or marketing and doesn’t know what the hell a listicle is, but the hardest part of his job will be understanding the millennials that he now works with.


My Thoughts: Joel McHale is pretty funny so it’s not surprising to see him headlining an ensemble comedy. However, the trailer with the canned laughter really doesn’t do this show any favors. Drawing off the parallels that the Gen Xers don’t get the Millennials and vice versa, I feel like the writing here will be a little lazy because the material is too predictable. We don’t get them, they don’t get us…hahaha. I’ll probably skip this one.

Kevin Can Wait

Airs: Mondays at 8:30/7:30c; moves to Mondays at 8/7c in late October on CBS

Stars: Kevin James (King of Queens), Erinn Hayes (Children’s Hospital), Taylor Spreitler (Melissa & Joey), James Digiacomo (K.C. Undercover), Ryan Cartwright (Alphas)

Premise: Kevin James stars as a newly retired police officer that is planning on spending quality time with his family and friends. Right off the bat he finds out his oldest daughter is ditching college to support her finance so Kevin decides if she will stay in school they can move back home. He might end up with more work to do, despite retiring.


My Thoughts: Kevin James is a retired cop and husband with three kids. James isn’t reinventing the wheel here. It’s pretty much King of Queens with kids. The wife is sassy, James is James, and the kids are cute. CBS has this moving in the middle of its run, which is always a dangerous move, but James’ fans will likely keep this going for at least a couple seasons. I might watch an episode, but I’m not expecting to be wowed.


Airs: Fridays at 8/7c on CBS

Stars: Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), George Eads (CSI)

Premise: In this MacGyver reboot, Lucas Till plays a 20-something version of MacGyver as he is just starting to build his organization that will help to prevent disasters from occurring.


My Thoughts: Dear God, No! At this point, do we need another remake? There are quite a few coming out this season. And to be honest, this doesn’t even look worth it. Mac is Back? Ugh. I think I’d rather watch MacGruber…and we all know how that turned out. I’m skipping the fuck out of this one.

Man with a Plan

Airs: Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS

Stars: Matt LeBlanc (Friends), Jessica Chaffin (Episodes), Matt Cook (Clipped), Grace Kaufman (The Last Ship)

Premise: Matt LeBlanc is a father of three in this family comedy about a contractor that quickly learns that the hardest job he could ever have is raising his kids. Adam’s wife heads back to work and it becomes his responsibility to care for the children. He quickly learns that he’s not the only clueless, stressed out parent trying to keep himself together. This leads him to find new ways to regain order and keep an upper hand when it’s him vs. the kids.


My Thoughts: Oh boy. The dad is staying home with the kids and look out, because he totally doesn’t know what to do! It’s okay though, because he meets another stay at home dad, who is completely devoid of any masculinity, since he’s in the mom role. My stomach hurts from laughing so much. You caught that sarcasm, right? This might stick around just because CBS loves ex-Friends stars, but I wouldn’t expect cinematic gold. I am so not watching.

Pure Genius

Airs: Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS

Stars: Augustus Prew (The Borgias), Dermot Mulroney (Shameless), Brenda Song (Scandal), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Odette Annable (House)

Premise: When a Silicon Valley millionaire creates a groundbreaking hospital he brings on a surgeon with a checkered past to perform life-changing but risky procedures. The goal is to give hope to the patients that no other hospital can treat. They will deal with rare disorders and medical mysteries with no expense being spared. With the best technology at his fingertips it will be up to this surgeon and his crack team to save as many lives as possible, including their boss.


My Thoughts: I was sad to see that it looks like Dermot Mulroney will be leaving Shameless, but if this is the reason he does it, I think I can live with that. I like the twist of the medical drama and as long as they keep the hokey-ness in check, I think it might end up being a decent show. With this kind of show, it’s all going to depend on how well viewers end up liking and/or connecting with the characters. I plan to watch a few episodes, at least.

Training Day

Airs: Midseason

Stars: Bill Paxton (Big Love), Justin Cornwell, Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Katrina Law (Arrow), Julie Benz (Dexter)

Premise: Based on the 2001 movie starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, this reboot will pick up 15 years after the film. The new show will revolve around a young LAPD officer who ends up being partnered with a seasoned, yet morally questionable detective. Together these two will learn that first impressions aren’t everything, moving on to a somewhat uneasy alliance that could change both of their lives.


My Thoughts: At this point, I’ve seen so many “based on a movie” ideas that I wanted to just hate this. I’m so tired of the idea of remaking or rebooting. Just give me something new! Still, I hate to admit it, the trailer for this was pretty decent looking. Paxton can certainly hold his own and the rest of the cast, especially Cornwell looks incredibly comfortable in their roles. I am shocked to say I’m looking forward to catching a few episodes before writing this off.

Fall CBS Schedule


7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (New Day)
9:00 p.m. Madam Secretary (New Day)
10:00 p.m. Elementary


8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait
9:00 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (New Time)
9:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (New Time)
10:00 p.m. Scorpion (New Time)


8:00 p.m. NCIS
9:00 p.m. Bull
10:00 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (New Time)


8:00 p.m. Survivor
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. Code Black



8:00 p.m. Thursday Night Football


8:00 p.m. MacGyver
9:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-0
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods


8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours

Find out whats on this Fall on: ABC, CW, FOX, NBC

Ashtyn Law is a freelance writer living in Ohio. Focusing on film, she spends much of her days watching and analyzing film and television and also writing screenplays.

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